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Towards real-time optical measurement of microbubble content in hydrodynamic test facilities


Russell, PS and Giosio, DR and Venning, JA and Pearce, BW and Brandner, PA and Aumelas, V and Maj, G, Towards real-time optical measurement of microbubble content in hydrodynamic test facilities, Proceedings of the 10th Symposium on Cavitation (CAV2018), 14-16 May 2018, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, pp. 1056-1061. ISBN 9780791861851 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Real-time measurement of microbubble concentrations is desirable in order to inform experimental results, particularly in studies of cavitation physics. To develop these capabilities a controlled experiment using a micro-fluidic T-junction to produce mono-disperse microbubbles was devised with the size and frequency of microbubbles measured using a line-scan camera capable of acquiring 45k images per second. Measurements were able to be obtained and reported in under 3 seconds from the triggering time. Tests were carried out in quiescent water and implementation in non-stationary environments would extend the operational range. The principal operating mode produced microbubbles on the order of 80 to 130 Ám in size at frequencies ranging from 750 to 3200 bubbles per second across the range of air and water pressures tested.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:microfluidics, shadography, T-junction, optical measurements
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Russell, PS (Mr Patrick Russell)
UTAS Author:Giosio, DR (Dr Dean Giosio)
UTAS Author:Venning, JA (Dr James Venning)
UTAS Author:Pearce, BW (Dr Bryce Pearce)
UTAS Author:Brandner, PA (Professor Paul Brandner)
ID Code:131931
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2019-04-12
Last Modified:2019-06-19

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